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Abstract This paper is a critical analysis of Tino Villanuevas poem Day-Long Day It examines the work with regard to its diction syntax denotation and connotation imagery metaphor and simile tone rhyme and meter allusion and theme 85 pages 5 May 2000Tino Villanuevas Day-Long Day is a remarkable work for it captures in 34 short lines the anger frustration and cruelty of the life of Mexican migrant workers in Texas The searing heat the backbreaking and painful work of picking cottonall of it is here in vivid detailDiction refers to the choice of words an author uses that distinguishes his voice from everyone elses That is if you pick up a book by Charles Dickens you dont have to read very far before you know without looking who the author ishe has a unique style Much of that style depends on diction which are the words a writer chooses to use and the way he constructs sentences In Villanuevas case he uses many Spanish phrases so that we know he is a Spanish-speaker He also uses sophisticated language and striking constructions so that we know he is educated even though he is a field handDaydreams border on sun-fed hallucinationseyes and hands automatically discriminateWhiteness of cotton from field of visionHis choice of the word discriminate rather than choose as well as the phrase field of vision indicate a high degree of intelligence Whether this is the intelligence of the poet or the field hand is immaterial at this point for Villanueva has described the scene so vividly that we believe he is one with the other workers The impact of the poem is not lessened if we find that he is notSyntax is the way in which words are arranged to form sentences Construction is another good indication of intelligence for it can be used to enhance the meaning of words In the lines above Villanueva might have said hands and eyes automatically find the cotton
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